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Nobuhiro Sawada

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Nobuhiro Sawada is a Japanese born black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa, being also one of the main representatives of the Tri-Force Academy in the sport/martial art’s international circuit. Sawada made a name for himself as one of Japan’s brightest grapplers after his many podium placements in important tournaments such as the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) World No-Gi and American National Championships.

Nobuhiro Sawada Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Nobuhiro Sawada

Nickname: N/A

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti (Jacaré) > Alexandre Paiva (Gi-gi) > Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa > Nobuhiro Sawada

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF American Nationals Champion (2017)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Tokyo Champion (2018)
  • JBJJF All Japan Champion (2018)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2017)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World No-Gi Champion (2014 purple)
  • IBJJF Pan Champion (2015 brown)
  • IBJJF Asian Open Champion (2014 purple)
  • IBJJF European Open Champion (2014 purple)
  • IBJJF World Championship 2nd Place (2012 blue)
  • IBJJF Asian Open Championship 2nd Place (2015/2016 brown)
  • IBJJF World No-Gi Championship 3rd Place (2015/2016 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Armbar

Weight Division: Peso Galo (57.5Kg – 127.0 lbs)

Team/Association: Tri-Force

Nobuhiro Sawada Biography

Nobuhiro Sawada was born on June 23, 1991, in Urayasu, a city located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

Growing up Sawada’s first serious sporting endeavor was karate, a martial art Nobuhiro started as a child, influenced by his father. A few years into his combat training, however, 11-year-old Sawada gained interest in ping-pong (table tennis), a sport he decided to pursue, then trading the karate-gi for the racket.

In spite of leaving martial arts, Nobuhiro continued to follow the fight-game, being a big fan of mixed martial arts events such as PRIDE Fc. Watching fighters such as Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (Minotauro) and some of the other BJJ athletes on the ring opened Sawada’s eyes to grappling and led the young Japanese to return to martial arts.

At the age of 18, Nobuhiro Sawada joined the academy of Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa, founder of the Tri-Force Academy. It was under the guidance of Hayakawa that Nobuhiro climbed the ranks of jiu-jitsu becoming one of the rising stars in Japanese grappling. His success on the mats led Sawada to quit his job with a government office on April 2017, to focus solely on his jiu-jitsu career.

Nobuhiro Sawada’s sacrifice and hard work led coach Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa to promote the young Tri-Force star to black belt in a ceremony that took place on June 2017.

Cover photo by Bukuro-BJJ @bukurobjj

Nobuhiro Sawada Grappling Record

12 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    4 (33%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    4 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

4 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
75
3
#86e620
Choke from back
25
1
4
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
27 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (56%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (11%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Bow and arrow
40
2
#86e620
Submission
20
1
#5AD3D1
Katagatame
20
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Nobuhiro Sawada Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
13680Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPointsAsian Open57KGSF2017
16432Bruno MalfacineBruno MalfacineLBow and arrowWorld Champ.57KGR22018
16692Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 6x4American Nat.57KGF2018
17315Shohei WatanabeLReferee DecisionAsian Open57KGSF2018
18873Aniel BonifacioAniel BonifacioLPts: 6x6, AdvEuropean Open57KG4F2019
19420Bebeto OliveiraLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LDN56KGF2019
19480Joao NetoJoao NetoLPts: 3x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19483Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLPts: 13x0King of Mats69KGRR2019
19485Lee TingLReferee DecisionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19488Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLSubmissionKing of Mats69KGRR2019
19544Pedro DiasPedro DiasLReferee DecisionPolaris 962KGSPF2019
19565Cleber SousaCleber SousaLPts: 4x2Pan American57KGSF2019
20074Hiago GeorgeHiago GeorgeLKatagatameWorld Pro56KGRR2019
20077Carlos AlbertoLPts: 8x0World Pro56KGRR2019
20571Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 4x0World Champ.57KGR12019
21222Gabriel SousaGabriel SousaLBow and arrowKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21225Cleber SousaCleber SousaLKneebarKing of Mats69KGRR2019
21227Wanki ChaeWanki ChaeLPts: 4x2King of Mats69KGRR2019
22842Rodnei BarbosaRodnei BarbosaLReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds55KGSF2019
23070Tomoyuki HashimotoTomoyuki HashimotoLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean Open57KG4F2020
33375Cory WalkerCory WalkerLPts: 2x0Washington DCO58KG4F2022
33377Cory WalkerCory WalkerLPts: 2x0Washington DCO58KGF2022
33404Frank CespedesFrank CespedesLPts: 7x0American Nat.58KGSF2022
36852Coco IzutsuLPts: 2x2, AdvNoGi Worlds55KG4F2022
46117Theyab AlnuaimiLPts: 2x0ADGS TYO56KGR12024
50171Osamah AlmarwaiOsamah AlmarwaiLPts: 2x0World Champ.57KGR12024
51016Kai TakasugiLN/AAsian Open64KG4F2024
13332Chad LundyWArmbarAmerican Nats57KGF2017
16427Alexis AlduncinAlexis AlduncinWArmbarWorld Champ.57KGR12018
16992Massaki TodorokoWAdvGrand Slam TYO56KGRR2018
16993Massaki TodorokoWPointsGrand Slam TYO56KGRR2018
17114Shohei WatanabeWArmbarAll Japan57KGSF2018
18578Livio RibeiroLivio RibeiroWReferee DecisionNoGi Worlds55KGF2018
19419Fred GuimaraesWPts: 6x2Grand Slam LDN56KGSF2019
19561Sudraj KumarWReferee DecisionPan American57KG8F2019
20072Andrea VerdemareWPointsWorld Pro56KGRR2019
33376Jhonathas RamosWChoke from backWashington DCO58KGSF2022
33403Antonio VillatoraWPts: 2x2, AdvAmerican Nat.58KG4F2022
36849Chris TranChris TranWPts: 6x4NoGi Worlds55KGR12022

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